It’s hard work to dig out Truth

American Ignorance. Greg Crosby – “One thing I’ve learned over time is that the progressive left does not engage in truth nor does it traffic in honor.

“The future of President Trump ultimately hinges on the court of public opinion presided over by my fellow Americans. And that is what frightens me most.

If it were only about facts, truth, and honesty I wouldn’t have a care in the world because President Trump did nothing wrong. But too many in this country are ignorant of the facts and are capable of being swayed by the media, who are 90% (or more) against Trump.

I’m reminded of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” when the ghost of Christmas Present folds back his robe uncovering two abject, miserable children. When Scrooge asks if they belong to the ghost he says no, “They are Man’s. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.”

Ignorance is a powerfully destructive thing. Facts won’t bring down President Trump; the facts are on his side. But the media is against him and the media wants to keep America ignorant of the facts.

If anything takes Trump down it will be because of public ignorance.

Here are two of the latest examples illustrating why this fear has significance.

Joe Biden is running on the media’s Charlottesville lie about Trump. Eddie Scarry – “His primary motivation to run for president was apparently not so much a belief he had the right ideas on healthcare or immigration or the judiciary, but a blatantly out-of-context quote from Trump that the media played out years ago.

“He said there were, quote, ‘Some very fine people on both sides,’” said Biden. “Very fine people on both sides? With those words the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it and in that moment I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any other I’d seen in my lifetime.”

Out of more than 15 minutes of questions and answers, the press glommed onto the three seconds where Trump said “You also had people that were very fine people on both sides.” It was made to look as though Trump had equated white supremacists who hijacked the event and liberals who were there to counterprotest.

This is precisely the opposite of what Trump said.

What inspired Biden to run is a tired, old media lie.

Biden’s Latest Malarkey: Obama Administration Had ‘Not One Single Whisper of Scandal’. Jim Treacher – “If you’re gonna tell a lie, make it a big one. Make it so astonishing, so blatant, that you cause the listener to question his own grasp on reality.” Treacher shows his dislike for Trump by inserting an irrelevant and unnecessary dig of the ‘both sides the same’ sort that provides an opportunity for compare and contrast. But that aside, what is actually on the table is rather hard to ignore.

“Operation Fast and Furious. Sending the IRS after conservative groups. Sending the DOJ after reporters. Benghazi. Solyndra. Bowe Bergdahl and the Taliban Five. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” Palettes of cash to Iran. Standing idly by while Russia meddled in the 2016 election, and then blaming it on Trump. Anything you’d call a scandal, none of it actually happened during the Obama administration.

And even if it did, so what? What are you, some kind of racist? #ObamaIsAwesome!

It’s not enough that they got their own way for eight years. Now they have to lie about all the lies.

Fox: Strzok-Page texts sure look like FBI was attempting to spy on incoming Trump admin. Ed Morrissey – “At best, these texts look like a sloppy overlap between Operation Crossfire Hurricane and normal coordination between the FBI and the incoming administration. At worst, it sounds as though Strzok and Page contemplated running an intelligence operation against the elected leader of the United States.

“Well, maybe. It’s certainly true that one is more likely to find scrutiny of the FBI in conservative media these days, but is it unwarranted? The outcome of Robert Mueller’s investigations leaves a lot of unanswered questions about how exactly the FBI undertook its unprecedented intrusion into a presidential election. There may be good answers to those questions, but no one will get them without someone asking.

And it’s not just conservative media and Trump who find these questions troubling, and the texts suggestive of misconduct:

Those are questions worth pursuing, even if the only media outlets paying much attention to them are conservative. That seems more of an indictment of the other media outlets than Fox News, especially since most of the others spared no pixel in attacking the Bush administration over its counterterrorism operations that never intruded into US electoral politics. Something very clearly went wrong in this investigation to leave everyone under the impression for two years that Trump was some sort of Russian agent. It’s worth investigating how that happened, given its outside political impact, and whether the FBI played an improper role in creating that impression.

Propaganda is powerful as it promotes the easy road and takes diligence and effort to detect and correct.

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